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Hagerstown man on drunk driving charges in Martinsburg

July 22, 2013

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — A Hagerstown man was being held in Eastern Regional Jail Monday night on allegations that he led police on a high-speed pursuit Saturday while under the influence of alcohol, according to Berkeley County Magistrate Court records.

Michael Anthony Yeagy, 53, of 304 N. Mulberry St. was arraigned Sunday by Magistrate Robert L. Lowe II on charges of driving under the influence, driving revoked for DUI, driving suspended, reckless driving, speeding and fleeing in a vehicle while DUI, according to court documents.

In a complaint against the defendant, Trooper D.W. Satterfield of the West Virginia State Police said the vehicle Yeagy was driving, a Ford Escape, was traveling 91 mph in a 35 mph zone at one point in the pursuit in the Bedington area.

After eventually being stopped, Yeagy said he had a couple of alcoholic beverages at a strip club, Satterfield said in court documents.

The defendant failed three field sobriety tests, the documents said.

At 11:09 p.m. on Saturday, the trooper said he was traveling south on Williamsport Pike when he saw the Ford Escape traveling north at a high rate of speed, which the police cruiser’s front radar indicated was 61 mph, the documents said.

The speed limit was 45 mph, the documents said.

After the trooper activated his cruiser’s emergency lights near Weaver Lane, the Ford Escape continued north, failed to yield and then quickly accelerated, the documents said.

The Ford Escape turned east onto Bedington Road, where the driver temporarily lost control and began to skid before regaining control and continuing east at an even higher rate of speed, topping 90 mph before stopping in a church parking lot in Bedington, the complaint said.

The trooper subsequently found that Yeagy’s license had been revoked in 1994 for DUI in Maryland and was suspended in 1995 for unpaid citations in Pennsylvania, the records said.

At 11:34 p.m., about 20 minutes after Yeagy was arrested, the results of a preliminary breath test indicated the concentration of alcohol in the defendant’s blood was .109, the complaint said.

The state’s legal limit is .08.

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— Matthew Umstead

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